Top-seeded St. Francis stunned in semifinals

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St. Francis High’s Curtis Reitmeir, left, and Cameron Allen go for the block against Galileo in the first round of the NorCal playoffs.

The St. Francis High boys volleyball team – ranked fifth in the nation and the top seed in the Northern California Division I playoffs – has encountered few opponents good enough to make the Lancers pay for their mistakes.

They faced such a foe in Thursday night’s NorCal semifinals, and fourth-seeded Roseville turned many of those mistakes into points that enabled the visitors to pull off a four-set upset. The Tigers took down St. Francis 26-24, 16-25, 25-17, 25-18.

SF softball team in CCS final; LA swimmer places 11th at state

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Los Altos High sophomore Danielle Carter swims the 100-yard back stroke at the state meet.

With last week’s playoff victory, the St. Francis High softball team moved a win away from its first Central Coast Section title in the sport.

The sixth-seeded Lancers held on for a 4-3 win over No. 7 Santa Teresa May 24 in the CCS Open Division semifinals at PAL Stadium in San Jose. St. Francis (23-7) was scheduled to return to PAL Saturday, after the Town Crier’s press deadline, to face No. 4 Mitty (21-6) in the final. The Lancers last reached the championship round in 1997.

Owls turn around softball program in 1 year

Shelly Bowers/Special to the Town Crier
The Foothill College softball team reached the finals of the Northern California Super Regionals earlier this month. The Owls went 36-8 this season and won the Coast Conference North Division.

In one year, Foothill College went from having no softball team to having one of the best in the state.

The Owls – who had to cancel their 2016 season due to a lack of players – advanced to the finals of the Northern California Super Regionals earlier this month.

Sports on the Side

Two Mtn. View teams make the grade

Two squads from Mountain View High this month received 2017 Spring Season Scholastic Championship Team Awards from the Central Coast Section for their excellence in the classroom. The gymnastics team posted the highest collective grade-point average (3.4570) in its sport, and the girls lacrosse team finished with the fourth-best GPA (3.655) in its sport. Instituted by the CCS Board of Managers in 1985, the awards recognize five varsity teams from each sport with the highest GPA during their season of competition. Each squad received a team certificate and individual certificates of commendation.

AYSO Region 43 kicks off sign-ups

Registration is open for AYSO Region 43’s fall soccer season. The Los Altos-based region is for boys and girls in grades K-12 who live near Los Altos High, Egan, Santa Rita, Covington, Almond, Gardner Bullis, Bullis Charter, Pinewood and St. Nicholas schools. Those who sign up by Monday receive a discount. For online registration and more information, visit

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